Newark rejects outsourcing municipal trash service

Council scraps plan to outsource trash collection
Source: Karrie Simmons, Newark Post, October 13, 2015

Newark’s trash, recycling and yard waste services will continue to remain in-house after council decided Monday night to reject a plan that would have outsourced collection to a private hauler and saved the city millions of dollars. The board unanimously voted against transferring all refuse collection to Republic Services — a Phoenix-based conglomerate that has approximately 14 million customers, 27,000 of which are in Delaware. The company is already under contract with 12 other municipalities in the state, all of which are in Kent and Sussex counties. The seven-year deal would have saved the city $4.9 million, but outsourcing waste hauling would have meant selling the city’s refuse fleet and cutting eight jobs, and many residents were not happy with the sacrifices.


Source: Xerxes Wilson, The News-Journal, October 13, 2015

Newark City Council on Monday rejected a proposal to outsource municipal trash collection, an idea that led to calls from some residents for a tax increase in lieu of the change. … The administration-supported plan to outsource collection for city residences and businesses was panned by many local residents who didn’t want to part with their current garbage man and feared the quality of service would drop under a private company. …

Newark pitches privatization of trash service
Source:Xerxes Wilson, The News Journal, September 22, 2015

Newark officials pitched privatization of city garbage collection to a disapproving crowd of residents Monday night. City administrators have recommended Newark City Council award garbage collection to Republic Services, a national refuse collection company headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. More than 100 residents gathered at the Church of the Nazarene to pan the plan over fears the new service would be inferior to the current, city-provided trash collection. … Residents said they doubt the city can derive the outlined savings. … City officials said of the seven of the employees that currently provide trash collection for the city are eligible for retirement or will be in the next six months. They are also working on ways to incorporate the others into other positions in the city’s workforce.